City Parks Foundation is delighted to present the 2017 season of SummerStage, New York City’s largest free outdoor performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 performances to 18 neighborhood parks across the five boroughs. With performances ranging from indie, Afrobeat, rocksteady, and soul to contemporary dance, comedy, and R&B, SummerStage brings celebrated performers from around the globe to your local neighborhood. Since its inception in 1986, more than six million people from New York City and around the world have enjoyed SummerStage.
Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. This year from August 24-27 we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists.
In the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, celebrated as a bebop pioneer and for bringing jazz into the modern era. Our annual festival celebrates Parker and his work.
This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists. In recognition of this milestone, we have added a fourth night to the festival, featuring a full evening of dance in the lineup for the first time, and are partnering with the New School for Jazz and other local organizations to present panel discussions, workshops, and additional performances. The festival, from August 24 – 27, will feature both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.
It's the 25th Anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and SummerStage is celebrating with 5 days of performances, panels and more! Here are some photos from the festival throughout the years, courtesy of Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. More info on this year's events here: http://ow.ly/4LsS30eyVj0
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE IS SUMMERSTAGE?
SummerStage takes place in parks across the five boroughs, please follow the links below for directions to all locations.
Betsy Head Park, Brooklyn – Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn – Furman St. & Old Fulton St.
Central Park, Manhattan – 69th St. & 5th Ave.
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island – Clove Rd. & Beverly Ave.
Coffey Park, Brooklyn – Verona St. Between Richard St. and Dwight St.
Corporal Thompson Park, Staten Island – Broadway Between Markham Rd. and Wayne St.
Crotona Park, Bronx – Claremont Parkway & Crotona Ave.
East River Park, Manhattan – FDR Drive Between Jackson St. & Cherry St.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens – Grand Central Pkwy., Off Meridian Road by the New York State Pavilion
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan – West 148th St. & Bradhurst Ave.
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan – 124th St. & Fifth Ave.
Queensbridge Park, Queens – 41st Ave. & Vernon Blvd.
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens – Broadway & Vernon Blvd.
Springfield Park, Queens – 147th Ave. & Springfield Blvd.
South Beach, Staten Island – Father Capodanno Blvd. & Sand Lane
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx – St. Ann’s Ave. & 146th St.
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan – E. 7th St. & Ave. A
Tremont Park, Bronx – E. Tremont Ave. & Third Ave.
WHAT TIME ARE DOORS OPEN?
For Central Park shows, doors open one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are required for all Benefit Concerts in Central Park. In all other park locations outside of Central Park, shows start promptly at the times listed on the calendar.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT TO BRING?
We are thrilled to have you visit us and there are only a few items we recommend you leave at home. Please note outside of Central Park, guests must follow the rules and regulations of neighborhood parks. For some parks, bags may be subject to search. Strollers are prohibited in the venue unless you are attending Central Park Family Day. Please note when you arrive that all bags are subject to search.
HOW MUCH DOES SUMMERSTAGE COST?
SummerStage features over 90 FREE performances this season. If you would like to help support City Parks Foundation, there is a suggested donation of $5 for free SummerStage in Central Park events.
Please note that our Benefit Concerts in Central Park require a ticket purchase. You can locate those shows, noted as Benefit, on our calendar.
IS THERE SEATING AT SUMMERSTAGE EVENTS?
There is limited bleacher seating available in Central Park for all events. There may be additional seating available on the field for Central Park dance performances. All seating is first-come, first served. Outside chairs are not permitted inside the venue.
For all other park locations outside of Central Park, reserved seating is available for SummerStage members. General Admission seating is not guaranteed. Limited seating will be available for all dance and theatre performances on a first-come, first served basis. Audience members are welcome to bring folding chairs and/or blankets to sit on in our other parks.
MAY I RESERVE SEATS AT SUMMERSTAGE?
Our SummerStage Members may reserve bleacher seating in Central Park through our membership office. Learn about membership here. For events located outside for Central Park, reserved seating is not available.
WHERE CAN I FIND A SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES?
A complete list of performance dates is available here. You can stay in touch and receive performance updates by signing up for our mailing list, joining us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Schedule of events & performers are subject to change.
IS SMOKING PERMITTED AT SUMMERSTAGE?
Smoking is prohibited in all NYC parks.
CAN I BRING FOOD AND DRINK TO SUMMERSTAGE?
For Central Park events, factory sealed plastic water bottles and refillable bottles are allowed inside the venue (a water fountain is available for refilling). For our other park locations outside of Central Park, food and drinks are permitted. Please note, glass bottles are not permitted in any location.
CAN I BRING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO SUMMERSTAGE?
Sorry, alcoholic beverages are not permitted in NYC Parks and the distribution/sale of unauthorized materials is banned. In our Central Park venue, beer and wine are for sale for on-site consumption only.
IS THERE FOOD & DRINK FOR SALE AT SUMMERSTAGE EVENTS?
In Central Park, food and drink is for sale by our food vendor Smorgasburg. For our other events outside of Central Park food vendors may be available on a case by case basis but are not guaranteed.
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes, in Central Park credit cards may be used to purchase tickets, merchandise, and all food and drink. ATMs are available in Central Park. Credit cards are not accepted at events outside of Central Park.
DO YOU HAVE A BAG/COAT CHECK?
Sorry, we do not offer a bag & coat check area. Please be aware we are not responsible for prohibited items left outside the venue.
ARE CAMERAS ALLOWED INTO SUMMERSTAGE EVENTS?
Professional gear including video cameras or cameras with lens 100mm and over are not permitted at SummerStage in Central Park events.
HOW DO I GAIN ADMISSION TO SUMMERSTAGE EVENTS?
Admission is first come first served for free events. Admission to the venue closes for the remainder of the event once capacity is reached (even if audience members leave early). Tickets are required for all Benefit Concerts in Central Park.
IS SUMMERSTAGE HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?
SummerStage in Central Park is accessible for the mobility-impaired. For additional information on access to events outside of Central Park contact our volunteer coordinator at (212) 360-2789. To obtain the Parks Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), please call (800) 281-5722
ARE THERE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE?
Yes, all SummerStage events have restrooms and handicap accessible facilities.
IF IT’S RAINING IS THE SHOW CANCELLED?
All SummerStage events are rain or shine. In the event of dangerous conditions, shows may be cancelled. Announcements are made on our Facebook & Twitter pages. Should a Benefit Concert be cancelled, refunds will be available. Cancelled shows are not rescheduled.